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The Mountain Garden StoryWalk

Bringing Visitors Close to Nature

First introduced to Cairngorm Mountain in the 1970s, the concept of a mountain garden was to create a reflection of the wild mountain landscape that surrounds the resort. The garden as you see it today was brought to life in 2001 and has grown over the past 20 years into a vibrant environment home to many native animals, flora and fauna.

Customers on tour of the mountain garden

New this year and perfect for groups is the Mountain Garden StoryWalk bringing visitors close to nature on the side of the mountain. The visit includes a guided story walk through the wild mountain garden coupled with tasting the local Cairngorm Gin, made using the botanicals you’ll find in the garden.

Bookings available from spring to autumn.

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Wild flowers in the Mountain Garden.

The Wild Mountain Garden

The Mountain Garden has become a small haven for thriving wildlife together with locally provenanced species of plants, shrubs and trees that grow in mountains today.

The cultivation of the garden by our ranger service over the years has led to some not so common visitors becoming year-round residents.

Enjoy a guided walk through the garden and learn about the local plants, birds and wildlife that surround you.

 

Mountain Garden

Coire Cas Viewpoint & Hide

The viewpoint and wildlife hide offer an insight into the local wildlife and breathtaking views of the mountain.

Learn about the native inhabitants from your guide, catch a glimpse of the hungry locals at our feeding tables and watch the story of our nesting family of Ring Ouzel.

Relax at the viewpoint, listen to the tranquil sounds of the running water, the singing birds and enjoy the views.

Red Telephone Box

The Highest Phone Box in the UK

The Mountain Garden is also home to the highest working phone box in the UK. Before the days of mobile phones, this was the only way to reach emergency services if there had been an accident on the mountain. The iconic red phone box, which is still operational to this day, is located on the top terrace of the mountain garden.

Want to become a ‘local hero’ and surprise your friends? Call the phone box on 01479 861209.

People sitting at a picnic bench at the mountain garden

Relax with a View

Enjoy a seat at one of our picnic tables in the heart of the garden, a great spot to listen to the sounds of nature and enjoy a packed lunch which can be provided for you.

The camera obscura is also located in the mountain garden and open during spring to autumn with free entry. It stands at 635m above sea level. ‘The Dark Room’ camera obscura rotates slowly projecting a 360⁰ real-time view of the surrounding landscape onto a table before your eyes.

Mountain Garden with Cairngorm Gin tasting

Cairngorm Gin Sampling

Following your visit to the Mountain Garden, return to the cosy Cas Bar and sample three different Cairngorm gins with tasting notes.

Many of the botanicals in the gins have been inspired by the local area and some of which naturally thrive in the wild garden.

Afterwards browse our Mountain Shop for some Cairngorm Mountain souvenirs including a range of Cairngorm Gin gift packs.


 
View from mountain garden

Book Your StoryWalk

To book your Mountain Garden experience please contact our team. We welcome groups from 10 to 45 and can accommodate multiple groups.

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